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Bravemouth: Living with Billy Connolly Hardcover – 11 Oct 2003

2.9 out of 5 stars 25 customer reviews

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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Headline; 2003 First Edition edition (11 Oct. 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 075531283X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0755312832
  • Product Dimensions: 16.2 x 24.2 x 3.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 38,488 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Mrs Billy Connolly's tale of an extraordinary year in the life of living with her husband is as insightful, entertaining, serious and wacky as you'd expect from the author of Billy. Bravemouth is the ultimate insider's view of his filming, his charity works, his 60th birthday party. It includes personal insights into what makes him tick, and what makes her tick (it's her year too). It's a celebration but it's interspersed with serious reflection - both on what he does and what she does (the contrast between the inherent seriousness of her work as a psychologist, compared to the zaniness of his comedy). The nature of fame, the challenges of age, the triumph-over-adversity are all themes underlying the many anecdotes that combine to make this highly involving.

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Sequel to the 'book of the year' million-copy bestseller, BILLY

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By A Customer on 9 Dec. 2003
Format: Hardcover
Billy was an excellent book, a rags to riches story of a kind, brave and generous man. Unfortunately Bravemouth is a riches and more riches story, covering a recent year in the Scottish comics life. Whilst it still highlights at times what a great man Billy Connolly is, because of the lifestyle he and his wife have now earned unfortunately the book is more an insight into how the rich and famous live than anything.
If you want to understand Billy Connolly and how he has become the man he is today, read Billy. If you want to know what it's like to be part of a family of a celebrity, read Bravemouth.
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Format: Paperback
The previous comments sum this book up perfectly.

I bought a book about Billy Connolly to read about Billy Connolly.

Who cares about Pamela Stephenson's own travels through India?

How she chooses to decorate the interior of her Maltese house?

How she misses Australia so much, especially the food?

The history of the Maltese Knights of Valletta?

How she began her stage career at 5 years old in a ballet production of the teddy bear's picnic?

and wet herself on stage?

How she once had to do a scene that involved taking down someones trousers on TV?

Her experiences feeding sharks in Bora Bora?

Who cares? I dont want to know any of this stuff, but I have to wade through pages of it to get to the good stuff.

She spends pages telling you how she researched transgendered people in Samoa! People who cut their own genitals off. She basically rehashes stuff that she has read in a other book, passing it off as professional research, and you are never going to forget that she is a psychologist because she reminds you of that fact at least once every 2 pages, and on the back cover. At least 30% of this book has nothing whatsoever to do with Billy Connolly.

This book is a vehicle for her, and its such a shame as, the events in Billy Connolly's 60th year sound so interesting. If only she would stick to the point, and realise that being married to an interesting person does not make your life interesting too.
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By A Customer on 31 Jan. 2006
Format: Paperback
Billy Connolly is brilliant. I love his cutting, flamboyant, insightful and wonderfully funny sense of humour.
What I do not like is his dear wife using a book supposedly about him to tell us all about herself and her experiences.
And that sums this book up really. I'm sure Pamela is a very interesting woman, but I want to hear about Billy.
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By A Customer on 27 July 2004
Format: Paperback
I'm at a loss to understand exactly what the point of this book is; Ms Stephenson is truly awful. One particular sentence struck me as such pretentious drivel that I had to fold down the page so I could read it back to friends and family at various intervals, all of whom joined in my hysteria. I've already seen a paragraph from this book make an appearance in the satirical magazine Private Eye's 'Pseuds Corner', and deservedly so. It's hard to decide whether Stephenson is merely trying to ride on the back of her husband's success or mask a morality lesson in the depths of a name-dropping prentension-fest. Quite frankly I couldn't have given a damn about her travels in India, and didn't care for her style of attempting to humour bleak situations by re-hashing bits of Connolly's stage show at opportune moments. I love Billy's stand-up comedy, and the first biography was passable, but after skipping through more than one yawn-inducing section of this book, I can't honestly remember if I even read the last page. What an incongruous couple 'Doctor and Doctor Connolly' make. He's your husband, Pamsy, not a performing seal who just happens to have famous pals. Give him and your family some credit. (Oh, and just out of interest, there is no such aircraft as a '767 Airbus')
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I must say I am in total agreement with the other posters who were disappointed with this book - what a contrast to 'Billy' which I thoroughly enjoyed! The saddest thing about this book is that it's kind of made me dislike both Billy Connolly (whose comedy used to make me roar with laughter) and Pamela Stephenson who I'd come to quite like after seeing her endeavours on 'Strictly..'
Neither comes across very well in this book which is a bit of a 'puff piece' really - it's got very little substance and meanders about all over the place. Stephenson comes across as supercillious and pompous and Connolly as terribly self-consciously eccentric and a bit unpleasant (hanging about laughing at 'the public' at large? Urgh!). Maybe constantly being told how brilliant and wonderful you are makes you disappear up yourself? I don't know, although arguably his stand-up has lost its greatness, now that it's mostly centred around how rich and famous he is these days and a desperate urge to shock. Sadly, 'Bravemouth' has put me off them both - so if you're a fan, definately avoid. This will add nothing to your understanding of why Connolly is funny.
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By H. Playford VINE VOICE on 19 April 2004
Format: Hardcover
I'm completely baffled by the other reviews of this book. I loved 'Billy' and I love this almost as much! I found the insight into the Connolly's lives fascinating, as they appear to be a friendly and likeable group. Far from criticising Pamela's writing, I found it refreshing and engaging. Her talents as a comedienne in her own right shine through, as does her love for her eccentric husband. Packed with anecdotes, I laughed out loud at this book. Other criticisms include the self indulgence of Pamela's description of her and her daughters' trip to India. As it is quite obvious that Billy would not be the man he is (and we all love) without Pamela, I think she is more than justified to tell a little of her personal adventure. She was a mother taking the opportunity to extend her childrens horizons, and what on earth is wrong with that?
Another prevailing trend seems to be jealousy for the Connolly's lifestyle, which I agree sounds enviable - trips to Fiji, glitzy parties, etc. But, what I got out of this book was a further, very welcome insight into the mind of our greatest comedian, and a picture of a loving (and surprisingly average) family life! Don't be put off. This book is well constructed and fascinating, and while not as heart rending as "Billy" is a great read.
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